Landscape architects may be doing more than deciding where to plant
trees and shrubs. They also may be helping decide Oklahoma's
economic future, according to Edmund Hilliard, associate professor
or architecture at the University of Oklahoma.
OU is one of only a few universities which offer a master's
degree in landscape architecture.
To earn a master's degree in landscape architecture, students
must complete a two-year program and a research project, said
Hilliard, director of the master's program.
"The one thread that runs through most of these projects is that
they are community-service oriented," Hilliard said. "Most projects
come from a cry for help."
An example was a project at Spiro Mounds State Park. The
Oklahoma Department of Tourism had expressed a desire to expand the
park's museum to turn the park into a national tourist site.
An OU student developed a master plan for the expansion. It was
accepted by the state, and segments of it are being developed.
Other successful master's program projects have been the
revitalization of downtown Jenks, establishment of an interpretive
center at the Tsa-la-gi park in Tahlequah and a plan for landscaping
ordinances and requirements for developers and homeowners in Norman.
The goal of most of the projects is economic development,
"Many of the projects take two years to complete," he said. "So
many people have ideas, but no way to present them. That is where
the student comes in. He or she prepares materials that further
people's ideas and help them get funding. These projects go way
beyond being academic exercises."
Students involved in the projects research how a project area's
environment and natural resources can best be used, he said. The
students also consider the state's historical heritage and other
aspects. . .
- Don Anderson has been appointed commissioner of the Oklahoma
Health Planning Commission.
Anderson had been interim commissioner of the Oklahoma
Department of Mental Health since April 1. As a member of the
Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1980 to 1988, he chaired the
general conference committee on appropriations and the health and
social services subcommittee.
- Jay Spradling has been named project manager of Bank of
Oklahoma, N.A.'s Chateau Subdivision.
Spradling is a real estate broker and attorney with Property
Resource Group. He was with the residential division of Trammell
Crow Co. …